Contact: Lieutenant Eric C. LaRiviere, Acting District "A" Commander, Telephone: (401) 444-1009
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announced today that during the Thanksgiving Day Holiday period, the Rhode Island State Police joined state and local police across the nation in the "Click-It or Ticket" campaign. The Rhode Island State Police deployed additional patrols throughout the State with funding obtained through the Rhode Island Department of Transportation Office on Highway Safety. These additional patrols targeted speeders, drunk and drugged drivers, as well as child restraint and seat belt violators. The following is the activity handled by the State Police patrols during the holiday weekend from November 22nd through November 27, 2012.
? Arrested 10 individuals for DUI ? Issued 749 moving violations ? Issued 214 summonses for seatbelt or child restraint violations ? Investigated 41 motor vehicle crashes
The following individuals were arrested for Driving Under the Influence:
1. Angel O. Rodriguez, age 41, of Providence, RI 2. Jeronimo Gonzalez, age 25, of Providence, RI 3. Kirk A. Sollars, age 42, of Warwick, RI 4. David A. Cormier, age 53, of Riverside, RI 5. Kevin T. Mann, age 19, of Providence, RI 6. Miguel A. Lopez, age 30, of East providence, RI 7. Pablo Tavarez, age 31, of Providence, RI 8. Joshua J. Laperle, age 28, of Pawtucket, RI 9. Stephen D. Rather, age 32, of West Warwick, RI 10. Brian D. Chamberlain, age 59, of East Douglas, MA
One of the missions of the Rhode Island State Police is to enforce all motor vehicle violations and to actively pursue aggressive and impaired drivers. The enhanced enforcement and promotional efforts helped produce a safer and fatality-free holiday weekend.
From Colonel O'Donnell, "It was a productive "Click-It or Ticket" campaign and an aggressive DUI enforcement initiative by our members. However, we would have preferred that the impaired drivers chose not to operate a motor vehicle and put themselves and others at great risk. We all set our sights and hope for the day that we no longer have to make impaired driving arrests."